Innovation Challenge Project

DES30066 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 72

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Aims and objectives

This unit provides the opportunity for students to experience and understand the challenges of working as part of an interdisciplinary team. Students will apply various creative problem solving tools and approaches to generate and develop innovative solutions in response to a real-world project brief. Students will develop project management and entrepreneurial skills in professional and research contexts for inclusive innovation cultures. Students will be coached by academic members of staff from different disciplines. They will be expected to engage in projects with high levels of self-direction that will include personal accountability and responsibility, while collaborating with others.
 Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply judgement to planning and decision making for creative problem solving and user research methods, in relation to a given project or problem.
2. Deal effectively with constraints, timelines and project requirements that develop ideas into designed solutions proposed for a complex and/or large-scale project.
3. Articulate and justify project proposals to a variety of stakeholders using a range of written, verbal, and visual communication processes.
4. Effectively use prototyping techniques to communicate, explore and test ideas to develop an appropriate design solution.
5. Demonstrate entrepreneurial processes to develop and justify the business case of a proposed design solution.
6. Construct collaborative and inclusive management processes and skills to working in an interdisciplinary team in relation to a specific project.